Revive an Old iPod Classic With an SSD Upgrade

By James O Malley on at

Many of us probably have an old iPod Classic sat on a shelf, unloved and unused. But did you know you can give it a second life with relative ease?

Alphr has posted a new tutorial showing how you can disassemble the device and replace the old-fashioned 1.8" mechanical hard disk drive with a modern SSD,  and even boost the your iPod's storage capacity in the process. If 160GB on the old model isn't quite enough for you, you can slot in a 1TB SSD, and carry around all of your music... without even needing an internet connection to get Spotify or Apple Music working.

Alphr also recommends taking the opportunity to replace your battery - which after all of these years may not be working as well as it once was.

Brilliantly, there's no soldering required – you just need a couple of tools to prise open the case and you're good to go. The only tricky part is that you'll need to make sure you have a Windows PC to do the final formatting on, as the app that has been written to do it is Windows only. [Alphr]